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Desktop Yoga: Yoga you can do right now!

January 31, 2013

Workplace Stress is today considered a part and parcel of modern living! While we generally enjoy our jobs – the other associated factors often make our lives miserable. Uncertainty over job security, reduced incentives, longer working hours, and greater demands of output from management; have started fueling the downward spiral of your health. Stress is experienced as our …

MEDITATIVE POSTURES IN YOGA

January 31, 2013

According to legend it is said there were 186,000 asanas in Yoga! (Of course in modern times, we are only acquainted with about three or four hundred asanas.) And it is also said that all these asanas exist primarily to help the Yogi develop the strength and flexibility to sit in one of the 4 …

Hybrids in a 5000-year old tradition?

January 31, 2013

From Yoga Kick-Boxing to Booty Ballet Yoga to Yogilates, just about every Fitness Style is jumping onto the Yoga bandwagon – especially since Yoga has surged in popularity in the last decade. While it means a profusion of Yoga styles, (some less thought out than others) it also means that tremendous innovation is taking place. …

Remembering Siddhartha; the Prince who became King of himself!

January 31, 2013

On this auspicious night of Buddha Poornima, we reflect on the life and the message ofGautama Buddha, the Enlightened One. Of all the great founders of religions, the Buddha has always had a special place in my heart right from the time I first learnt about him in middle-school history texts. And the charm and fascination has …

Of Yoga-Flags and Langots!

January 31, 2013

This hilarious anecdote goes to show how much of Yoga is clouded in unnecessary hype and mystique. Much of the west is overly fascinated by Indian exoticism and many Indians unduly exploit this. Instead of keeping it simple and scientific; Yoga is often interpreted by half-baked charmers. One of my friends, a traditional Yoga-teacher type, …

Is MEDITATING the new social status symbol??

January 31, 2013

Increasingly I meet people who are interested in Meditation. You may say that being a Yoga teacher I’m bound to meet people/students who are inclined towards the self-awareness and growth – which is absolutely true. However, I also see common folks, business people who about 5 years back would not have cared about anything apart …

The True Significance of Diwali

January 31, 2013

Diwali is one of the World’s truly great festivals; the Christmas of India! What’s more magnificent is that Diwali is celebrated by the people of three different religions. Most of us associate Diwali with the Hindu religion; and the ancient tale of the people of Ayodhya lighting lamps or diyas to welcome the return of their well-loved King, the Lord …

Swami Rama on the Yoga Sutras

January 31, 2013

Swami Rama (of the Himalayas ; as he is known) was one of the greatest Yogis of the latter half of the 20th century. Perhaps the first Yogi who placed himself within the laboratory set-up to scientifically validate what Yogis have known for centuries. The research findings were mind-boggling and have greatly enhanced the western …

Patanjali, and his omniscient Yoga Sutras!

January 31, 2013

Every student of Yoga is confronted with an absolutely magical understanding of the Human condition, called the“Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”. If ever there was a treatise, a book on human potential; then this is it! There can be no other treatise that deals so thoroughly with all that is human, as Patanjali’s. For Patanjali is …

What is Yoga?

January 31, 2013

Yoga is defined by the Sage Patanjali in his authoritative treatise on Yoga – The Patanjali Yoga Sutras. In my last post, we visited the background of this great philosophical and literary masterpiece. We also read the first Yoga Sutra. Here, we look at the second Sutra – how Patanjali takes on the huge task of …

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